Arsenal's much maligned forward Gervinho may be off form at The Emirates but he has made the headlines for the right reasons in South Africa. For actually scoring a goal; and a pretty good one as well
The African Cup of Nations has been underway for a few days now and so far it has failed to inspire. The opening day produced no goals and the stadiums have been half-full for almost all the fixtures; in fact calling them half-full is something of a misrepresentation.
Tuesday saw the start of action in the competitions ‘Group of Death’ as Ivory Coast took on Togo with plenty of Premier League names on show. The likes of Yaya Toure his brother Kolo and Emmanuel Adebayor were all set to feature in the game and what was produced was arguably the best game so far in the competition; at least in terms of quality.
Togo were a good match for The Elephants for much of the game and should have taken the lead when Tottenham striker Adebayor missed a glaring opportunity in the opening minutes. He was punished moments later by Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
It was unfair on Togo and they deserved their equaliser before half-time and the second half continued to be played at a good standard.
Just as the game seemed to be petering out to another draw Ivory Coast had their saviour… in the form of Arsenal striker Gervinho.
The forward has been the subject of ridicule for much of this season for his poor performances in an Arsenal shirt but he popped up in the 88th minute to win the game for the pre-tournament favourites and give their few travelling fans something to celebrate.
For Arsenal fans it was a moment that has been treated interestingly on Twitter as they spoke of their shock at Gervinho actually managing to put the ball in the back of the net…
Gervinho scored a bit of a banger for Ivory Coast, why does he not do this for Arsenal?— Brad Daniel (@bradrmd1) January 22, 2013
That gervinho fella for Ivory Coast looks decent. Anyone know much about him?— dan wylie (@wyliedan) January 22, 2013
Gervinho snatches late winner for Ivory Coast and will return to Arsenal and celebrate with an open top bus parade through Islington. #AFCON— Brenton Rodgers LFC (@Brenton_Rodgers) January 22, 2013
Ha ha, Gervinho scores the winner for the Ivory Coast, quality player but can't seem to produce the same at Arsenal! #Iblamewenger— Twin A (@krobokid78) January 22, 2013
Wow... Gervinho can do that?? neat goal— Goonerfanindia (@Goonerfanindia) January 22, 2013
Gervinho assisted and scored today. Meaning Wenger will think we don't need to sign anyone this transfer window.— Kris Torres (@Torres_K10) January 22, 2013
that gervinho goal gives the impression of a complete fluke, rather than accomplished technique— Ashley (@ashleyoglina) January 22, 2013
Gervinho in scoring shock. Makes it Ivory Coast 2 Togo 1 with 2 mins to go— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 22, 2013
Hey Arsene, Sign that Gervinho guy— Mr. Arsenal(@OsmanZtheGooner) January 22, 2013
Chilling with @eddiekadi and Lualua before dinner, watching the Ivory Coast game. Gervinho is on his job today.— Gabriel Zakuani (@Gabs50Zakuani) January 22, 2013